Book launch for IN THE NAME OF RED by Z. R. Ghani

26 April
Book launch for IN THE NAME OF RED by Z. R. Ghani

Join us to celebrate the launch of Z.R. Ghani’s In the Name of Red alongside very special guests Jen Feroze and Rhiya Pau. We’ll enjoy some readings, hear about the inspiration behind the poems, and finish up with a Q&A session.

You can order a copy of the In the Name of Red here.
Book your free ticket to the online launch (7pm UK time / Friday 26 April) here.


From the book’s blurb:

From lips and warmed cheeks to silk and falling leaves, the subjects of Z.R. Ghani’s poems radiate with redness. Sometimes a cloak, often a shining symbol, Ghani’s reds are sacred and dazzling: pomegranates ripening to jewels and perfectly-placed bindis shining like suns.

But something darker lurks beneath the ruby depths. A city is held hostage by a heatwave, a flame is lit in a dark room, a ballerina twists inside a jewellery box. As though developing photographs, Ghani shines a deep light over her poems as a tool to slowly make the unseen visible, the unsaid audible. This is a debut book rich with desire, shame, grief, faith, love, and at the forefront of it all: the colour red.

‘Her instrument is the finely honed and pellucid lyric, without the slightest hint of effort, overstatement or pretension.’ ~ Tim Liardet

Cover & illustrations by Louise Weir.


Z. R. Ghani is from London. She graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2012. Her poems, which explore themes of identity, femininity, religion, and nature, have been published in literary journals such as Magma, Black Bough Poetry and The Adriatic. In 2021 her first collection of poems was shortlisted in the Poetry Wales Pamphlet Competition.


Jen Feroze lives by the sea in Essex. Her work has appeared in publications including Under the Radar, Magma, Butcher’s Dog, Poetry Wales and The Alchemy Spoon. She has edited anthologies for The Mum Poem Press and Black Bough Poetry, and she published her first collection The Colour of Hope in 2020. Jen’s pamphlet Tiny Bright Thorns is forthcoming with Nine Pens Press. She loves cold water swimming, rooms lit by fairy lights, and cheese you can eat with a spoon.


Rhiya Pau is a British-born poet of Indian heritage from a community with a rich history of migration. Her debut poetry collection, Routes, won a 2022 Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, with her poem Salutation, highly commended for the 2023 Forward Prize. She was the winner of the 2021 Creative Future Writers’ Award for poetry and has had work published in Wasafiri, The Liminal Transit Review, and Token magazine among other places.

Event details

Date: 26 April 2024.
Time: 19:00
Adress: Zoom Webinar
Event Type: Book launch
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